Sunday, November 18, 2018, 20h56

Draw eliminates Benfica from the UEFA Futsal Champions League


The first ever derby in the European competition ended up with a 1-all draw.

Benfica got a 1-all draw against Sporting this Sunday and stayed out of the final four of the UEFA Futsal Champions League, in an unprecedented European derby with excitement and uncertainty until the dying seconds.

After two wins – against Novo Vrijeme (5-0) and Sibiryak (4-2) –, Benfica entered the court of Pavilhão João Rocha, Sporting's home ground, determined to win a spot in the final four. For that to happen, the Reds needed to win, while Sporting – with advantage in the goal difference – a draw was enough to go through to the next stage of the competition.

Benfica's starting lineup: Diego Roncaglio, Tolrà, Bruno Coelho, Robinho and Fernandinho.

Substitutes: Cristiano, Chaguinha, André Coelho, Fábio Cecílio, Tiago Brito, Rafael Henmi, Raúl Campos, Fits and Afonso Jesus. 

 Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia

Pics: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica



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